Shadowrun golden, dated

First game that will allow 360 players to take on their PC counterparts will arrive by month's end.

As part of the Xbox 360 Spring Update released today, online-enabled owners of Microsoft's console can now chat with Vista users via Windows Live Messenger. And by month's end, they will also be able to settle the controller-vs.-keyboard-and-mouse debate like men...and trolls, elves, and dwarves.

That's because on May 29, the first shooter that will allow PC gamers to directly do battle with Xbox 360 owners will go on sale. The date was set in stone today, when Microsoft Game Studios confirmed that Shadowrun has gone gold. Rated M for Mature, the game will cost $49.99 for the PC and $59.99 for the Xbox 360.

Based on the classic role-playing game from FASA, Shadowrun was developed by the pen-and-paper RPG company's game development descendant, the Microsoft-owned FASA Studio. Though it isn't an RPG, the new game is set in the same fantasy-cyberpunk future that sees spellcasters face off against high-tech weaponry. Though it does have a six-mission single-player "training mode," the title's emphasis will be on the aforementioned online multiplayer combat.

Shadowrun also has the distinction of being the second PC game to offer Windows Live achievements. The first will be Halo 2, which is now set to arrive on May 22. For more on the game, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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148 comments
darkscorcher
darkscorcher

its funny how the completely leave out the fact that the xbox360 version has auto aim. (yes i have played it for about an hour at a friends) while the pc version doesn't. but oh well, all you got to do to beat someone on the console version is to attack from above, or behind, it takes too long for them to turn around. HA

psmashio
psmashio

Didn't we already settle the controller-vs.-keyboard-and-mouse debate years ago with PC vs. Dreamcast versions of Quake 3 arena? I guess half the DC players were using a DC mouse and keyboard.. but still..

MoBTRaid
MoBTRaid

First of all, boombox22466, get a life. Second of all can anyone spell in these forums? Or at least type in complete sentences?

boombox22466
boombox22466

Also True Mattyz Just Cause U And Ur Friend Have 6 Years Experiance Of CSS Dont Mean U Good. Ive Been Playing For Ages And I Dont Think Im Good

boombox22466
boombox22466

Also...Everyone Who Gets Shadowrun Ill Be On All Day (almost) Also With Tenchu Z

boombox22466
boombox22466

The People Who Think That Shadowrun Is Not Worth The 60 Bucks Try The Demo On June 6th

boombox22466
boombox22466

Also All U PC Players Dont Be Intimidated By The Console Players Im A Console Player But I Respect All U PC Players Out There

boombox22466
boombox22466

I Agree With Sisami The Game Should NOT Be Called Shadowrun But You Should Buy It Just Do What You Say Call The Game Something Else And Try To Play With People Playing From The PC You'll Get Two Juicy Achievements Also For People Playing On PC Play With People Playing On Xbox 360 So My GT Is AnnualDualAlex So If You See Me In A Match You'll Two Juicy Achievements So GET IT

boombox22466
boombox22466

Also The Game Doesnt Have Many Settings But What Type Of Noob Will Try To Play A Game With Easy Bots For All The People Who Want To Know If The Game Is Good Yes

boombox22466
boombox22466

Everybody Who Asked Is There Bots YES!!!!.They Are Some Of The Smartest SOBs In The Videogame World.I Know This Cause' I Was A Beta Tester For The Game And For Those People Who Think The Game Is Bad...TRY IT!!!!!!!!!.And Yes Ill Be On It When It Comes So If You Want Add Me My GT Is AnnualDualAlex

Z0MBIES
Z0MBIES

well its a good thing that they compensate for the pc being 'easier' to play an fps on, and it does have bots and tutorials, but ya i hope it really is as good as it sounds

ek11sx
ek11sx

I don't think this will work considering its much easier to aim with a mouse and keyboard than the Xbox 360 controller. It will be unfair to the Xbox players.

truemattyz
truemattyz

yea im going to get me and my buddys of 6 yearsexperiance from css to get on this the day it comes out should be fun kicking some noobys bum on this ....... that should put the sceptics in place

theKSMM
theKSMM

I certainly hope Shadowrun is a fun game. I'm looking forward to checking it out sometime next month. But even if it isn't a great game, it will still be a hallmark event for its cross-platform online gaming. I wish more games offered the ability to play across platforms, and not just on same-brand (e.g. Microsoft with Microsoft) platforms, but XBOX 360s with PS3s with PCs, etc. Yeah, I know that's probably not going to happen anytime soon, but I can dream, right? :)

FraserAlexander
FraserAlexander

I agree with thekey...there should at least be bots and tons of settings so that you can play by yourself if you want to, but i haven't heard about that so I'm not sure. ...Bloody Halo doesn't have that either which sucks...sometimes you just want to play bots and not deal w/ all the politics assoc. w/ online play, not to mention it's all about you - you can camp or do whatever you want without annoying comments from others. To siramiDensday...you know you'll rent it, i mean c'mon man! ...this game will get high scores and most likely be heaps of fun to play. Anyone that enjoy's very good video games will at least rent this one...why deny yourself

SiramiDensday
SiramiDensday

This game SHOULD NOT be called Shadowrun. It has as much in common with Shadowrun, as Star Trek does with Star Wars. I wouldn't pay two dollars for this game, and I'm a FPS fan, because of how badly it butchers the Shadowrun license. They should have just called it something else. That would have made everybody happy. That would have increased the sales. But instead they gave Shadowrun fans the middle finger. I would have loved to play a Shadowrun FPS, but this IS NOT a Shadowrun FPS. From this day forth, I'm calling this game Sittyrun (with a random 'h' inserted somewhere into the name).

060390
060390

Can i play it with bots??????

Enginwolf04
Enginwolf04

This hopefully will be glitch-free and fun to play. I will certainly give it a shot..

thekey
thekey

Not getting this one. I HATE ONLINE ONLY GAMES!

onemileperhour
onemileperhour

the game looks really fun and innovative and i will buy it, but i don't see how Microsoft can justify charging 60 bucks. the game is multiplayer only! fair would be $40. and furthermore, does it really cost that much more to make on the 360 that you'll charge 10 bones more? that said, still looks cool!

pacman1192
pacman1192

I already pre-order this 1 i can't wait to see if it really is even between the xb360 and pc users

jimmyshabadoo
jimmyshabadoo

They would have to slow down mouse sensitivity to get a fair game. You can instantaneously turn with a flick of the wrist on a mouse. As a matter of fact, the process of turning is pretty much eliminated in modern pc gaming. You face directions with no transition, point and shoot with an aiming reticule the size of a pixel, whereas consoles must expand hit detection to encompass a larger area that rewards accuracy without requiring it. It's like painting with a bar of soap. To level the playing field, either add a quick turn button on the console or maybe cap mouse sensitivity limits. Console FPS's are fun because you're playing with people with the same hardware, no one has a crazy third-party peripheral with instant-aim. Think of it like this, if someone said, "hey, place this white digital dot on that character's head using either your thumb or your entire hand" - wouldn't it be more efficient to use your entire hand? As someone planning on getting this for 360, i hope they speed the controller up and slow the hands down, I don't want to see servers that say "360 only" or "no-PC allowed!."

Lionhart_basic
Lionhart_basic

I'm definitely picking this one up. Should really be interesting.

Murrdox
Murrdox

I'm trying to think of a game that is coming out that has as much controversy as this one. The only thing that comes to mind is Fallout 3. I'm not mad that the company making this game is making a FPS instead of an RPG. The Shadowrun world is very well suited to a FPS type of game. What I'm pissed off about is how they basically threw the entire game world down the toilet, and just made some total crap up regarding the "plot" of the game. This game is "Shadow Run" in spirit only. It has NOTHING to do with Shadow Run besides the fact that it is a mixture of technology and magic. It's like giving The Smurfs Lightsabers, making a movie out of it, and calling it the next Star Wars film. D-U-M-B.

hotdork70minus1
hotdork70minus1

Let the game come out before you start crying. I think it's about time that someone went straight for a multiplyer 1st game. This game might be above and beyond or far below expectations but at least give it a chance before you cry about it.

Slayer420
Slayer420

The price difference is BS. It doesn't matter if the PC users have had to pay to upgrade to Vista or pay for new hardware. That doesn't justify a game developer charging a different price. What you are suggesting is the equivalent to saying someone that spent $75k on a Dodge Viper should get to pay less for gas because they spent more on their vehicle then the person who bought a Ford Focus for $15k. That's just an asinine argument. Unless the 360 version has additional content, it should cost exactly the same. The real reason for the price difference is these companies know they can't sell 99% of the games out there for $60 to the PC crowd. The console crowd is generally ravenous for new games to play and will dole out the money as soon as they are released because AAA quality titles are few and far between. Not too mention, if you jack the price too high on the PC version, a good chunk of users will resort to pirating the game from some torrent site. It's a thin line they have to walk. I personally will be waiting for the 360 version to drop in price.

ldonyo
ldonyo

Sorry, not interested in multiplayer only.

Threesixtyci
Threesixtyci

I wonder if the console version will have the benfit of an aimbot.... with the PC not.

oli_kester
oli_kester

nice who hasnt wanted to shoot a PC user anyway

jknight5422
jknight5422

REMEMBER!: The PC gamers will have the hidden cost of having to have bought Vista & hardware that will meet Vista's standards and/or all the time spent to upgrade their OS & machines. The PC gamers are already paying more than the extra $10 that 360 gamers will be paying for their game. So you are not really being jipped for $60 for the game on the 360.

Pedro7_2000
Pedro7_2000

How sad. I was looking forward to Shadowrun a lot. But $60 bucks?!!? I'm not going to shell out $60 for a FPS which is MP only and has 9 maps. I would have gladly taken on the mouse and keyboard crowd but the debate will never be settled, b/c the console crowd won't be there. This is a sad turn of events. What ever happened to "first party games will be $50"?

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

I am excited to get this game. I'm a little upset with the fact that the 360 version costs $10 more. Especially since PC players will also be able to play the game online with a Silver membership. I think I will get it for PC just because of the price difference. "the game will cost $49.99 for the PC and $59.99 for the Xbox 360." = Next-gen B.S. - either make them both one price or give us a reason for it being $10 more...

iuns
iuns

is this the release date for europe aswell ??

rocafelon1001
rocafelon1001

Ima own me some hermits on the 29th. Look for me Lee1001

champhf
champhf

guys if you have vista you can use the xbox 360 controller to play this game and halo 2 on your pc.......you need the usb controller adaptor.

rahl247
rahl247

console games just now looked great but pc games have been looking great for awhile now yes you need to upgrade a pc every 2 or 3 yrs but there will allways be better games that are on both platforms. RTS games and IMO RPG games are better on the pc but sports and driving are alot better on the consoles. As for FPS IMO PC but the consoles has some great FPS and the consoles game handlen is altered to play well on consoles.

rahl247
rahl247

monkeymonfp 1st of all that youtube is total BS not that the console player outplayed the pc player but who was he playen take 2 players equal in skill and the keyboard and mouse will have a edge 8 out of 10 games the pC guy will win i would say.

rahl247
rahl247

Um if you take two skilled players 1 using keyboard mouse the 2nd using a controller the 1 using keyboard mouse has an advantage. 1 it is alot easier to move the aiming to shoot by moving the mouse you can stop it much faster and move it to a spot faster. now the 1 using the controler does have the advatage of movement like strafen but jumping, moving, and basic movement is same. But the keyoard user has a better layout on skills compared to 6 to 8 buttins on the controller the keyboard has alot more.Now if the game hndling is like SW Battlefront on the pc then the console has a little advantage but if the gameplay is like BF2 on the pc and the gameplay is like the console on the 360 then the pc players has a slight edge not that much but a slight edge.For you all not thinking so you have yet play a 1st shooter on the PC.

Mindchamber
Mindchamber

visually this game is uglier than that CGI movie, Antz, something about the character designs scream mongoloid.. heres to hoping the gameply holds up.

jaichim
jaichim

THe games a little ugly. It doesn't look terrible but it could definitely look better. Who is going to play as a giant minotaur?

Charles_begin
Charles_begin

Iku, you've got it all wrong. Its the xbox noobs who will shut up after getting owned by the pc pros... yes, its hard to accept, but you know its true

Metamorphos1s
Metamorphos1s

tho i almost only play on consoles, the keyboard and mouse > xbox 360 controller or any other...but still...will see :D

iku94
iku94

finally, a chance to settle the debate between keyboard and mouse versus the joypad. time to shut the pc noobs up about how much better the mouse is.

ptown58
ptown58

if M$ is smart about this they will put out multiplayer demos for both the 360 and PC so people can get hooked on playing eachother for free at the start. NOT coming out on May 29th, cool.

monkeymonfp
monkeymonfp

im gona pwn all you pc noobs cant wait till you fianlly get to see the skill of a hardcore console player. someone said to me, you just cant match the speed of the mouse, i say go to youtube and watch some halo2